Slither (song)

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Single by Velvet Revolver
from the album Contraband
ReleasedMay 24, 2004
RecordedAugust–December 2003 at NRG and Pulse Recording, Los Angeles, California
Producer(s)Josh Abraham
Velvet Revolver singles chronology
"Set Me Free"
"Fall to Pieces"
Audio sample

"Slither" is a song by American hard rock band Velvet Revolver, featured on their 2004 debut album Contraband. When it was released as the second single from the album in 2004, "Slither" topped both the American Billboard Mainstream Rock and Modern Rock charts, as well as reaching number 56 on the main Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 35 on the UK Singles Chart.[1] The song won the 2005 Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance.


In a November 2014 interview with Songfacts, Scott Weiland said, "The lyrics are about a relationship. 'When you look you see right through me, cut the rope, fell to my knees, born and broken every single time.' It's just feeling not right in a situation."[2]

Chart performance[edit]

The song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and stayed there for nine weeks. It also became their sole No. 1 hit on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, maintaining the position for four weeks. "Slither" also charted at No. 56 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Velvet Revolver's highest charting song and one of the highest charting songs that Scott Weiland has appeared on.

Chart (2004) Peak
Billboard Hot 100 56
Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 1
Irish Singles Chart[1] 47
UK Singles Chart 35

Music video[edit]

The video, directed by Kevin Kerslake, was filmed in Prague, Czech Republic and Los Angeles. It starts with the band members playing their instruments inside a tunnel while a woman is driving a car seeking for the way to get to that tunnel. As the song continues, people become much more aggressive and the underground concert reaches a peak as band members play hard. Often in the video, Scott Weiland is seen standing before a wall made of human skulls.

Success and awards[edit]

Most famous for its instantly recognizable opening bass riff and its unmistakable guitar riff, it is arguably the band's signature song, and was frequently the closer to their shows. It was awarded a Grammy in 2005 for Best Hard Rock Performance, an award Weiland had won with his previous band, Stone Temple Pilots, for the song "Plush" in 1994. In 2009, the song was named the 85th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.[3]

Other appearances[edit]

Track listings[edit]



  1. ^ Official Charts Company info Retrieved June 2, 2009.
  2. ^ "Scott Weiland: Songwriter Interviews". Songfacts. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  3. ^ " music". Retrieved February 5, 2009.

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